Forecast issued at 4:16 pm EST on Tuesday 10 December 2013.
A high [1017 hPa] near New Zealand extends a weakening ridge along the east coast of Queensland. A surface trough lies from the northwest to the southern interior of the state, and will move towards the east for the remainder of today, before stalling over the central and southeast inland over the remainder of the week. A broad upper level trough lies over Central Australia and is expected to extend across Queensland's interior by the middle of the week, and this combined with increasing moisture to the east of the surface trough will lead to an unstable airmass over eastern Queensland.
Forecast for the rest of Tuesday
Mostly clear. Scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms, mostly in the east. Winds northwest to southwesterly 15 to 25 km/h tending southeast to southwesterly 20 to 30 km/h in the evening.
Wednesday 11 December
Mostly sunny. Scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms in the east. Winds southerly 25 to 40 km/h. Overnight temperatures falling to the mid to high 20s with daytime temperatures reaching around 40.
Fire Danger - Severe
UV Alert from 8:20 am to 4:50 pm, UV Index predicted to reach 15 [Extreme]
Thursday 12 December
Patchy light rain in the southeast in the morning. Isolated thunderstorms in the northeast early in the morning. Mostly sunny afternoon. Winds southerly 20 to 30 km/h. Overnight temperatures falling to the low to mid 20s with daytime temperatures reaching 36 to 41.
Friday 13 December
Mostly sunny morning. Isolated thunderstorms in the northeast from the early afternoon. Winds south to southeasterly 15 to 20 km/h becoming light during the evening. Overnight temperatures falling to 21 to 27 with daytime temperatures reaching around 40.
Saturday 14 December
Partly cloudy. Winds south to southeasterly 15 to 20 km/h tending east to southeasterly during the morning. Overnight temperatures falling to the low to mid 20s with daytime temperatures reaching the low 40s.
The next routine forecast will be issued at 5:00 am EST Wednesday.